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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #25 on: Nov 25, 2006, 05:00 »
My prayers are with you and your family Mike.

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #26 on: Nov 25, 2006, 01:25 »
In our thoughts and prayers. 

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #27 on: Nov 26, 2006, 08:38 »
Mike:
She and your entire family will be in our prayers daily.  We ask the Lord to guide the hands of the doctor and give this child the wonder of hearing.
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #28 on: Nov 27, 2006, 11:50 »
keeping yinz in prayer.
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #29 on: Nov 27, 2006, 12:17 »
My prayers are added to the pile. I'm sure God won't ignore such a large stack. Keep the faith and strength. We're all behind you and if you need any help, ask!
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #30 on: Nov 27, 2006, 12:52 »
She'll be in my thoughts and prayers as well as you & your Mrs.  Please let us know, and if there is anything those of us around here can do, let us know.  We're a rascally bunch, but there are a lot of good hearts here too.

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #31 on: Nov 27, 2006, 01:09 »
I wish you all the best Mike and family.I copied your post and gave it to my friend who's mother works at the convent here on long Island. The Nuns come here at retirement and they say it is their job to pray,so I sent your post to them.

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« Reply #32 on: Dec 09, 2006, 10:27 »
Mike, I just wanted this topic to come back to the top. Know that I and my family are thinking of you all daily. Could you please post an address that we may send cards or small gifts to?

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« Reply #33 on: Dec 09, 2006, 12:37 »
Please see the "click here to contact me" link below for our address.

Cards and gifts really are not needed.  Just keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Dec 12th is fast approaching.

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #34 on: Dec 09, 2006, 02:55 »
Dear Mike,

My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I have added Lisa to the prayer list at my church as well.

God Bless,

Kathleen
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #35 on: Dec 11, 2006, 12:21 »
Prayers going up in W-KY ......
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« Reply #36 on: Dec 11, 2006, 02:26 »
Will be thinking of you and yours and praying for good things tomorrow

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« Reply #37 on: Dec 14, 2006, 05:50 »
Lisa’s surgery is finished.  There were some complications, but everything seems to have turned out well.  It was a long day, night, and day for Lisa, her mother, and I.  Lisa and her mother are back home, and doing well.

The procedure was performed at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, in Nashville TN.  The facility is three years old.  I have to admit that it was a very impressive experience, and I would suggest that hospital to anyone.  The staff was very attentive.  During the surgery, some one contacted us once an hour to give us a progress update.

We left home in Knoxville at 6 am eastern time to get to the hospital in Nashville at 10:30 am.

When we got to the hospital for the surgery, the Doctor ‘changed’ which side looked better as the implant candidate on the MRI.  When we got there, the right side was the side to be implanted, but was changed to the left side.  Last minuet changes like that don’t instill confidence.  The Doctor then told us that the location in the MRI looked bad, and he wasn’t sure if he would be able to do the implant when he opened her up.  I imagine it is standard hospital practice to prepare you for the worst scenario.  But it was a little nerve racking to her mother (ok, and I).

The surgery took over 4 hours to perform.  We were placed in a very nice waiting room with other people also waiting for their children to have various operations.  A nurse names ‘Sid’ came to us once an hour to update us on Lisa’s progress.  The surgery took over four hours to perform.  One of the updates was to tell us that they had accidentally cut a blood supply and that Lisa had lost a lot of blood. Her blood pressure had dropped, and the heart rate had risen due to the loss in blood.  She needed a transfusion, and was receiving liquids to keep the blood pressure stable until they were able to type her blood, and get some to her.  (It couldn’t be an easy, smooth surgery, could it?)

Eventually they stopped the bleeding, typed her blood, transfused her, inserted the implant and closed her up.  It took a few hours after the surgery to get her stable. 


We arrived at the hospital about 10:30 am central time.  The surgery started about 1pm, and was finished around 6pm.  Her mother and I were able to see her for the first time around 8:30 pm in post op.  She refused to be laid down, and was being held by a nurse when we were taken to her.  We traded positions with the nurse, and began a strict regimen of TLC.

The extra ‘fluids’ they put in her while waiting for the blood created a situation where she had too much fluids in her little body.  She had bloody mucus in her nose and throat, as well as a breathing tube in her nose that descended into her throat.  Her breathing was laborious, and congested.  She was on oxygen, and fighting just to breath, her little chest moving up and down in hard angry strokes.  In addition to being born deaf, Lisa has my allergies, asthma, and weak immune system.  (I had to give her something besides my good looks.)

By 11 pm Lisa had expelled most of the extra fluids, and her mother tried to take a nap.  We knew it was going to be a long night, and we would need to attend to Lisa in shifts.

At 1:30 am, a room opened up in the Critical Care Unit.  We were moved there, and settled in for the night.  There was a cot in the room, and Lisa’s mother and I took turn trying to get a few winks of sleep.  Lisa was held and cuddled by either her mother or I from 8:30 pm until we left the hospital about 11:30 am the following day.

After the exhaustive day and night and half day at the hospital, we were discharged from the hospitals care.  We started the three plus hour drive back to Knoxville, tired and sleep deprived.  We arrived home around 4pm eastern time.  It had been a long 34 hours, but everyone was home and safe.  The girls went to bed, and I got ready to fly back to Massachusetts the next morning.

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #38 on: Dec 14, 2006, 06:23 »
Long ago when I was in the canoe club I had heard that God takes care of sailors, drunks and little children... :-\

I proved the first two personally...now I am convinced of the third...God does indeed watch out for small children  ;D
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #39 on: Dec 14, 2006, 06:24 »
Thank you for the update, I will continue to remember you all in prayer.

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #40 on: Dec 14, 2006, 08:29 »
Glad to hear the outcome, sorry for what ya'll had to go through to get there my friend.  We'll keep all of you in our prayers and look forward to the picture of Lisa when she hears her first sounds.  ;)
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #41 on: Dec 14, 2006, 09:46 »
Look for a bag of cookies on your desk Friday.  Happy all is ok.

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #42 on: Dec 14, 2006, 10:28 »
ptL, 'n maintaining y'all in prayer.  glad to hear that the procedure went as well as it did.  even with reading between the lines, it sounds as though lisa came through it well, with her parents close behind.
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #43 on: Dec 15, 2006, 07:48 »
She needed a transfusion, and was receiving liquids to keep the blood pressure stable until they were able to type her blood, and get some to her.  (It couldn’t be an easy, smooth surgery, could it?)

I am furious! No conservative surgeon does surgery without knowing blood typ.? No, I am not a doctor, but family members that are will back me up on that.

But I am thankful that Lisa, Mom, and Dad are doing well. Still in our prayers.
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #44 on: Dec 16, 2006, 12:12 »
I'm glad after all that happened your daughters is ok

I will continue to keep you and your family in my Prayers

RNN

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #45 on: Dec 16, 2006, 11:52 »
Look for a bag of cookies on your desk Friday.  Happy all is ok.
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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #46 on: Dec 18, 2006, 11:25 »
Mike,

  I was overjoyed to read that everything turned out good with the surgury and your all back home.
  Me and my family will be keeping you and your family in our prayers.
  If there is anything you need drop me a line.

Kevio


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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #47 on: Dec 19, 2006, 12:50 »
Mike
I know what you and your wife are going though. My grandson has a hearing problem also. He had 4 operations and still needs more. I'm praying for you and hope she will have better luck.

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #48 on: Dec 20, 2006, 02:02 »
My wife just informed me that Lisa's hearing will be turned on Jan 10th.

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Re: Lisa Rennhack
« Reply #49 on: Dec 20, 2006, 03:06 »
This is indeed wonderful news. I hope that Lisa continues to improve, please keep us informed.

 


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